Catherine Sigmon

July 12, 1947 - March 25, 2024

Cathy Sigmon was born July 12, 1947 in St Louis MO, and outlived her body on March 25, 2024, in Hendersonville NC at the age of 76. She lived 52 years with her husband Steve and lived 60 years with the ever-advancing effects of Multiple Sclerosis. She accepted the challenge of MS with grace, dignity, determination, and found ways to go around, over, or through each phase of the relapsing-remitting nature of her illness. She had two beautiful children, Page and Chris, and offered herself in service to others in many ways throughout her work and personal life.

Cathy earned a B.S in Education and a Master’s degree in Special Education from Western Carolina University. She taught in the Resource Room at Etowah School for her Principal Buddy West and her beloved students. After MS made it impractical for her to continue teaching, she forged ahead with other ways to serve her communities. For the student community, she started and ran the first years of the Special Olympics in Hendersonville. For the MS Community, she formed, organized, and facilitated her own Hendersonville MS Support Group for many years. She also produced a monthly MS newsletter for many years to share news about MS, helpful hints, and medical advancements for her MS peers. And she started the first MS Walk in Hendersonville and for years organized and acquired the assistance of local businesses to support and carry out the event. For the Educator in her, she accepted the opportunity to start and run the After-School program at Bruce Drysdale School. Eventually she had to give that up due to MS effects. And then she chose to serve her Church Community, working as a part time secretary at the First United Methodist Church in Hendersonville. And all that time continuing to provide for her family and her two growing children and husband as wife and mother….all well done.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church throughout her married life, and was a participating member of the Lydia Prayer Circle for over 30 years. There she made many lasting friendships and continued to attend meetings and picnics until her last months. It was an important part of her life, as she gained strength and a sense of renewal from their gatherings and group efforts… her community of faith.

For the larger community, Cathy served for years on the Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities, along with Vice-Mayor Mr Sam Mills. In recognition for that she received the JC Penney Golden Rule Award.

As life moved forward, she moved from cutting the grass with a push mower while pregnant, to using a cane, then a walker, then a rolling walker with a seat, then at last to a power wheel chair. During all that time she continued to live joyfully and contribute. She and her mother Dot participated as fundraisers in every MS Walk for many years. Then she continued alone and would shine as top fundraiser (like her mother Dot did) for the local MS Walk. She was well known and respected in the National MS Society organization and its leadership in addition to the local organization. And will be remembered for tireless efforts to support the cause.

She moved through a sometimes difficult life with dignity, determination, and inclusiveness, providing a positive inspiration, example and role model for anyone who lived like her with health issues….and even more for those who never experienced similar setbacks. A life blessed with the power of positive thinking. One example of her wise approach to her changing body came when she decided to stop driving her car because her legs were not working right and she didn’t want to hurt anyone.

After she stopped driving, Cathy had to depend on others for trips….trips to Doctors, to grocery, to church and circle meetings, lunch with her Mother and Sister, and to the YMCA for water exercise. Her sister Linda helped her get to the Y, get in and out of the water, and brought her home for years, and for that service she deserves special recognition and many thanks.

The family is in deep gratitude for the assistance of the Four Seasons Hospice organization for the last 8 months. The nurses, CNA caregivers, volunteer sitters, and support staff were always professional, prompt, compassionate, and superior in service to her and to the family. Also, the family is indebted to Cathy’s personal family friend and caregiver Ana Picazo of Fletcher NC, who made Cathy’s daily life better throughout her 8 months at home under hospice care.

Cathy received regular Communion Service at home thanks to members of the FUMC church communion team. We are so grateful for her opportunity to renew her expression of faith regularly and thank the individual team members who provided it. Well done!!

Cathy was preceded in death by her father Alexander Buchan and her mother Dorothy Pyeatte Buchan. She is survived by her husband Steve, son Page, daughter Chris and husband Derrick Sharpe, her brother William D. Buchan and wife Jan and her sister Linda Harney and husband Lee. And grandsons Alex and Matthew Patterson, nephews and nieces John, Brian, Julie, Dottie, and Mary.

A memorial service for Cathy will be held in the Brunson Chapel of the Hendersonville First United Methodist Church, on May 13, 2024 at 2pm, where she and Steve were married in 1971. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, the National MS Society, or the Four Seasons Hospice organization.


Memorial Service

Monday, May 13, 2024
2:00 PM

First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville - Directions
204 6th Ave West
Hendersonville, NC 28792

828-693-4275

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